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Lead Photographer - Summer Seasonal - $17 per hour

Date:  Jun 18, 2022

South Lake Tahoe, CA, US

Company:  Heavenly Mountain Resort
Shift Type:  Summer Seasonal 2022

If you want to obtain your summer Experience of a Lifetime, you’ve found your perfect match at Heavenly. With a massive mountain full of thrilling activities, adventure and incredible views of Lake Tahoe, Heavenly is for those who want to go big and forge their own path. From on-mountain Canopy Tours to mouthwatering Smokehouse cuisine, Heavenly exudes high-energy from first chair to last call. Come be a part of the team committed to delivering a refreshingly unique Epic experience.


As of Nov. 15, 2021, Vail Resorts will be requiring all employees across North America to be vaccinated for COVID-19.


As a Lead Photographer, you will be taking photographs capturing the Experience of a Lifetime for thousands guests. Photographers will be assigned to different locations (zones) on and off the mountain and expected to work in all weather conditions indicative of the summer alpine environment of the resort.  Photographers must be comfortable standing outside for long periods of time proactively greeting and approaching guests with the intent of offering our professional photographic services. You will also be responsible for meeting certain photo quality and quantity expectations as set by the Photo Manager.


The Lead Photographer should possess all the skill sets of the Intermediate photographer; ski photography or some other professional photography experience is preferred. The Lead will be more involved with training, oversight and daily management tasks. They may be responsible for the daily opening and or closing of the office, daily photo reviews, and monitoring the safekeeping and transportation of equipment in and out of the office.

Most importantly, photographers must be passionate about photography, be passionate about working with people, and take pride in capturing and delivering the highest quality images possible.


Job Specifications: 

  • Starting Wage: $17 per hour
  • Shift & Schedule Availability: Full Time


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Follow all company and department safety procedures
  • Capture highest quality and expected quantity of photographs and photo sessions following Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to ensure quality standards and department goals are being met
  • Solid understanding of basic photographic concepts of proper exposure, proper focus; able to operate and adjust a DSLR accordingly
  • Comfortable working with a DSLR camera and tethered minicomputer and scanner
  • Excellent self-starter skills and comfortable working independently
  • Willing and able to work outdoors in all weather conditions that one would experience in the alpine environment of the resorts in summer
  • Provide a high level of proactive guest service in all guest interactions
  • Provide assistance in sales locations
  • Provide support to entry level and intermediate photographers
  • Print and sell 5x7 photos using windows based photo software
  • Capture/Print & Sell expected quantity of high quality photos and photo sessions to ensure department goals are met
  • Open and/or close office on a daily basis
  • Conduct morning meetings when asked
  • Perform daily photo review
  • Assist with monitoring and safekeeping of camera kits and equipment in office and on mountain
  • Assist with daily oversight of photographers on the mountain
  • Provide assistance with any photo operation related tasks, including but not limited to; equipment care & maintenance, photo back up and review
  • Other duties as assigned



  • High school education or equivalent
  • Strong computer skills
  • Must have the ability to communicate fluently (written and oral) in English
  • Excellent guest service skills
  • Passion for photography
  • Must be outgoing and engaging
  • Must be able and willing to work outdoors in variable weather conditions indicative of the High Alpine environment in summer
  • Ability to stand up to 6 hours during shift
  • Must be able to work weekends, and holidays
  • Must be able to lift 40+ lbs
  • Must be able to commit to scheduled hours and dates
  • Cash handling experience
  • Advanced knowledge of camera settings, portraiture and the ability to teach those skills to photographers
  • Proven leadership skills


Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Photography Experience 1-2 years in a professional setting, Prior ski photography experience
  • Previous retail sales and or customer service experience
  • 1 year guest relations experience
  • Previous supervisory experience


Job Benefits:  

  • Ski/Mountain Perks! Free passes for employees, employee discounted lift tickets for friends and family AND free ski lessons  
  • MORE employee discounts on lodging, food, gear, mountain shuttles AND during the summer on bike haul, golf and other activities 
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan  
  • Employee Assistance Program 
  • Excellent training and professional development 
  • Referral Program 

Seasonal Full Time roles are eligible for the above, plus: 

  • Health Insurance; Medical Insurance, Dental Insurance, and Vision Insurance plans (after eligible employees work 500 hours) 
  • Free ski passes for dependents 
  • Critical Illness and Accident plans 

Vail Resorts is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or any other status protected by applicable law.

Requisition ID 437349

Nearest Major Market: Sacramento

Job Segment: Entry Level